We made edible alien slime by accident. The kids wanted to play in the Tuff Spot one rainy afternoon and I was low on my usual messy play staples (cornflour, shaving foam and oats are my top three messy play must haves!). So we ended up raiding the kitchen cupboards and came out with the perfect ingredients for some disgustingly tasty mess! To make our edible alien slime we used:
- golden syrup
- black treacle
- golden shimmer spray (only a little!)
- edible glitter
- custard powder
The kids all enjoyed helping to mix this and I ought to admit now that it was freestyling at its best. What I mean is, we didn’t know we were making edible alien slime. We were just mixing at first, but then the kids started to find lots of space themed toys and added them to the tray, and one of the toys was an alien egg with slime inside it. And so it was: we were making alien slime! What I really liked about this material was the fact that the custard powder is cornflour based, which meant the overall texture of the slime hugely resembled one of our favourite play stuffs: GLOOP! This, of course, made the edible alien slime quite a fun sensory experience! To be fair to the preschooler, he did give it a go. That’s his arm in the photo above. He did help to mix and he spent some time poking and prodding the mixture with his fingers and various other utensils. But in the end, this was just too far out of his comfort zone for it to be any fun. The baby on the other hand, loved it! She:
- stuck her fingers in, laughing at the cold, wet and slimy texture
- used spoons to scoop the mixture from the little pots
- used spoons to smear the mixture onto her hands and legs
- tasted the sweet syrup and treacle
Tasting was a huge part of this experience. As with most other sensory play for the baby, I prefer to use materials that are safe for her to eat because she puts so much into her mouth by way of exploring. I like to be able to let her play independently as much as she can so there is no point in giving her stuff she can’t eat. In my opinion. She wasn’t as keen on the black treacle as she was the syrup, but both materials I think were a little too sweet for her and so she didn’t really tuck in to the slime in the same way as she has done with other materials. But she still enjoyed tasting! All of the children enjoyed exploring the textures of the alien slime and we used lots of words like soft, cold, sticky, slimy and gloopy.
But the best bit about edible alien slime? The mess! This is one sensory play material where you really need to invest in a little pre-play preparation! I don’t usually bother (not because I am that carefree, more because I never think to) but on this particular afternoon, Ghostwriterdaddy was home too and he was amusing the children while I set everything up. On the spur of the moment, I filled a bowl with warm soapy water and left some towels next to it. What a genius idea! As the children played, their hands, faces, arms, legs and bodies became covered in alien slime. Syrup in their hair, treacle behind their ears and custard between their toes! Lovely! The warm water on stand by made cleaning them a lot easier. The only thing better would have been to do the whole lot in the bath… but where’s the fun in that?!